The CMS and physicians aren't communicating well on what's required under MACRA. So the agency is looking for a contractor that can help.
Of the more than 1 million eligible clinicians who participated in MIPS in 2017, 93% will receive a bonus on each of their Medicare Part B claims beginning Jan. 1. About 5% of clinicians will receive a penalty as high as 4% on their claims.
The CMS has awarded seven organizations a total of $26.6 million to develop quality measures that address areas of care that aren't currently included in the Quality Payment Program.
The CMS is telling providers it made a mistake when processing payments under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. It's urging doctors to check their performance and reach out to the agency if they think a mistake was made.
Providers warned the CMS that its proposal to let thousands of doctors continue to sit out of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System undermines their investments to comply with the program as well as the health of seniors.
The CMS has not complied with a section of MACRA that requires it to impose prior authorization for chiropractic services, a government watchdog found. Chiropractors have one of the highest rates of improper payments in Medicare.
During a congressional hearing, leaders from key medical societies accused the CMS of attempting to undermine Congress' work to help doctors move to value-based care as part of MACRA.
Heavy hitters Anthem, HCA and UHS will release their Q2 earnings. Meanwhile, a House panel will delve into the MIPS program.
The massive physician payment rule continues a trend of exempting a large number of doctors from MIPS.
The CMS wants to allow doctors in Medicare Advantage plans to be considered part of alternative payment models under MACRA and therefore get credit for their efforts to improve quality and contain costs. Clinicians say they're already taking on risk under the plans.
AMGA board members asked lawmakers to overturn or scale back a CMS policy that allows thousands of physician practices to opt out of MACRA.
The CMS is gearing up to inform providers whether they must comply with MACRA, but clinicians are bristling both at the agency's timeline for sharing the information and its notification plans.